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Fredrickson Farms Closes Doors for Season

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This field would normally be full of pumpkins, ripe for the picking, but this year, things are different. "People call and they're just like, 'Well, I just need one pumpkin.' And I'm like, 'I have zero pumpkins.' You know, it's hard to understand that I just, I didn't do it at all," explained Tami Fredrickson with Fredrickson Farms. And that's because for the past 21 years, the Fredrickson's have grown thousands of pumpkins and have come to be known for their seasonal ... More>>

#15 Pitt State Tops UNK, Takes Over 1st Place in MIAA Video included

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With Northwest Missouri's loss to UCO Saturday, the Gorillas are the only undefeated team in the league through four weeks of the season. 

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Team Hope Walk Raises Funds for Research Video included

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Darrin Henry has a personal connection to Huntington's disease, a fatal genetic disorder that causes brain cell deterioration, because his family is impacted by it. "My wife was affected by Huntington's disease for 22 years. She just passed away two weeks ago, and my daughter has Huntington's disease as well," said Henry, Team Hope Walk Coordinator. He wants people to remember his wife, Kelly, and to raise awareness for the disease that took her life. "It's a r... More>>

Bluegrass Festival Swings into Action Video included

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A big crowd checks out the 21st Annual Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival held in Center Creek Park. In addition to a day filled with bluegrass music from multiple bands, folks could enjoy food and crafts from a wide array of vendors. The event also featured a car show with many unique vehicles. Gary Stubblefield with the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce says that this event was created by the late Jim Wisdom, a former mayor. He wanted to show off this park and maybe b... More>>

Missouri Southern, UMKC, Cancel Dental School Project Video included

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Officials at Missouri Southern State University announce they are abandoning plans to bring a dental school to the campus.  A dream that's been in the works since 2010 has officially come to an end.   Missouri Southern State University and the University of Missouri Kansas City have abandoned plans to open a dental school on campus at Missouri Southern.  In a statement sent to KOAM and Fox 14, MSSU President Alan marble said, "The dental school pa... More>>

Wyandotte Nation Searches for New Police Chief Video included

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The Wyandotte Nation is searching for the next Chief of Police, according to the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma. Ken Murphy has resigned his position as Chief of Police of the Wyandotte Nation Tribal Police Department (WNTPD) after serving in the position for nine years. Officer Faron Lee, who has served with the department for eleven years, will serve as Interim Police Chief.

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President Trump Speaks at Rally in Springfield, MO Video included

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President Trump is scheduled to arrive at Springfield-Branson National Airport in Missouri at 4:45 PM CDT on September 21st, 2018. He's set to participate in a roundtable with supporters around 5:30 p.m. (closed press). Following the roundtable, the President will hold a "Make America Great Again Rally" at the JQH Arena at 6:30 PM CDT (685 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway). KOAM and FOX14 will live stream the rally on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/koamfox14/ Twee...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-21 Video included

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A 26-year old woman took her own life after shooting co-workers at a Rite-Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Deputies make arrest after SUV crashes through fences, gates

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The Jasper County incident involved different properties on Black Cat Road and Malang Road.

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#15 Pitt State Looks for 4-0 Start vs. Kearney

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The Pitt State defense will have a tough test against the only team in the MIAA averaging 300+ rushing yards per game. 

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Monett Schools Among Healthiest in Nation

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Three schools in Monett, Missouri are on the 2018 list of America's Healthiest Schools. 

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Child in Hospital, Man Charged with Aggravated Endangerment

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On September 13th, 2018, Children's Mercy Hospital contacted the Iola Police Department about a child with head injuries. Police executed a search warrant at the child's home on McGuire Dr. in Iola, Kansas with assistance from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Authorities say after investigating, an arrest warrant was issued for 25-year-old Darious Travawn Orr for aggravated battery, aggravated endangering a child, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He&... More>>

Officials: McDonald's worker tainted deputy's drink

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Investigators say the restaurant worker put a peroxide-based cleaner in the deputy's drink.

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Explosions heard in Joplin fire, crews remain on scene Video included

Fire at Triple R Recycling, Joplin, MO (Sept. 19, 2018) Fire at Triple R Recycling, Joplin, MO (Sept. 19, 2018)
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The Joplin Fire Department responded to a fire at Triple R Recycling shortly before 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 (510 S Tyler Ave). Police closed several roads in the area to allow crews to fight the fire. The Joplin Police Department says multiple explosions from the fire were heard across town, resulting in additional 911 calls from concerned residents. Joplin Deputy Fire Chief Andy Nimmo says large barrels of aluminum powder could have caused the ...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-20

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Joplin fire crews respond to a fire late Wednesday night at Triple R Recycling.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Joplin Police Make Donation To Baxter Springs Police Video included

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 It's not uncommon for police departments to replace equipment they use, sometimes it's because it wears out, sometimes it's because a grant will cover newer equipment.     But then, what do you do with the old?     Chris Warner followed some donations from Joplin to Baxter Springs... So, what happens to old police equipment, when it's time to replace it, or it's just outlived it's usefulness to a department? Most of it - can be sold at an auction, b... More>>

The Big Serve Video included

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The Big Serve, put on by the Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg, Kansas, kicked off Monday and wraps up Sunday. During that time, church volunteers will complete 17 community service projects.

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Joplin Airport Receives Federal Grant for Improvements Video included

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Approval of federal funds could mean improvements at the Joplin Regional Airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration has approved an airport improvement grant for improvements to one of their taxiways.  Joseph Beachner works at Leggett and Platt, and recently he's been flying quite a bit.  Joseph Beachner, Frequent Flyer:"Every other week and probably out of Joplin once a month."  This flight was a little bit different though because he's takin... More>>

Bus Drivers & Aids Show Goodman Students How Not to Ride the Bus Video included

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 A school bus safety lesson today at Goodman Elementary  had drivers and aids acting  like students to show what not to do on a bus

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Neosho, Missouri Signs New City Manager

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The Neosho City Council announces Leland Butcher as the new Neosho City Manager. The Council and Butcher made a contractual agreement during a closed session on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018. They announced it in the regularly scheduled open meeting that followed. According to the City, Leland Butcher and his wife George Ann currently reside in Bentonville, Arkansas and he is currently working on a PhD in Public Administration. He currently holds an AS Degree in Law Enforcement ... More>>

Parsons, Kansas Shooting, One Injured

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One person is reported injured after a shooting in Parsons around noon on September 19th, 2018. According to the Parsons Police Department, the incident took place near the corner of 24th and Thornton Streets. Authorities say the shooting is being treated as an isolated event and say there is no perceived threat or danger to the general public from this incident. One person was reported injured and is receiving treatment at Labette Health. Police say a suspect is in custody...

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USD 447 Bond Issue Includes Razing, Rebuilding One School, Renovations At Others Video included

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    Residents in the USD 447 district, which includes Thayer and Cherryvale, have a more than $12 million dollar bond issue coming up.     This one comes after a previous bond failed, the district needs a positive outcome.     Originally built in 1938, Lincoln Central Elementary in Cherryvale has seen better days.     While an addition was built in 1999 the current facility is in disrepair and district officials say has reac...

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Proposed Age Change For Long Haul Truckers Video included

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The Crowder College Transport Training program is where students both young and old, come to learn how to make a living driving big rigs. 

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Joplin Health Clinic Plans Expansion

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Residents in Southwest Missouri will soon be gaining more access to affordable health care.  Carolyn Prater has been working as a pediatrician for almost 30 years.. 10 of those have been at access family care in Joplin.  Carolyn Prater, Pediatrician, Access Family Care:"My heart is in pediatrics, the kids." One child she's been doing just that for is 15-year-old Kassidi Hudson.  Sara Hudson, Parent:"She was a very problematic child when she was b... More>>

Lafayette House Officials Disagree with Auditor Citing Red Tape Tapping Local Fees Video included

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  A local domestic violence shelter director says a state auditor's report isn't the reality in Southwest Missouri.         

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Superintendent of Catholic Schools retires, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Video included

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On Sept. 13, 2018, Leon Witt, Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools, submitted to the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau his intention to retire. Bishop Edward M. Rice accepted Witt's request effective immediately. This summer, the Diocese received two different reports from former students concerning the conduct of and comments made by Witt when he was a teacher and principal at the former St. Joseph Catholic School in Springfield, now St. Joseph Catholic Academy. These inci...

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Southeast Kansas Man Sentenced for Child Sex Crimes Video included

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28-year-old Timothy Russell Frobish, of Galena, is sentenced today, September 18th, 2018, to life in prison without the possibility for parole for 25 years for child sex crimes. The crimes occurred in February 2013. A Cherokee County, Kansas jury found him guilty in January 2015 to two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of attempted rape, one count of criminal threat, three counts of endangering a child, one count of possession of a synthetic canna...

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Hard 50 Given in Iola Murder Case

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An Allen County, Kansas judge sentences Joshua Knapp of Iola, Kansas to life in prison with a hard 50 for murdering Shawn Cook.  Shawn Cook was reported missing on March 13th, 2016. His body was found on the banks of the Neosho River in Coffey County, Kansas on April 3rd, 2016. A preliminary autopsy showed Cook died from stab wounds. Five people from Iola were charged in his murder.

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Widow of fallen Joplin police officer speaks about alleged harassment from city officials Video included

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Ms. Nielson says the past few weeks have been bizarre.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-18

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Joplin City Council members vote in favor of a pay increase for council appointed employees.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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BREAKING: Denver Johnson Resigns as MSSU Head Football Coach

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Defensive Coordinator Joe Bettasso will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Johnson was 3-33 as Missouri Southern's head coach. 

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New SSI Scam

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     The Better Business Bureau is sending out a warning of a new scam targeting senior citizens.     Scammers are calling senior citizens and threatening their social security benefits.     The caller says the person needs to resolve "suspicious activities" on their accounts.     When victims return the call they are first asked to provide their social security number.     Don't fall for it -- govern... More>>

Pay Increases for Council Appointed Employees Video included

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Margey Upson knows what it's like to live on a tight budget, something the City of Joplin is struggling with also, but she doesn't think that's any excuse for what she sees as a continuing problem.

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High Tunnel of Hope Video included

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Devina Reetz sometimes turns to Wesley House in Pittsburg to put food on the table, and she says the charity's partnership with the Career & Technical Education Center of Crawford County has made a huge impact on how she feeds her loved ones. 

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Missouri Auditor: More victims could be helped if red tape was eliminated for shelter funding

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Report from Auditor Galloway says more domestic violence victims in Missouri could be helped if government red tape was eliminated for shelter funding More than 28,000 shelter requests were unmet in 2017; audit shows victims in Missouri were turned away at higher rate than five surrounding states  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Sept. 17, 2018) State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released a report on domestic violence shelter funding that found burdensome requirements in state law hav... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-17

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A Sedgwick County Deputy dies after a shooting.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Local Red Cross Worker Heading to North Carolina

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A local Red Cross worker, Julie Stolting  is heading to Raleigh-Durham North Carolina to serve as a logistics director for aid to storm victims. 

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Duck Boat Lawsuits Could Stall with Court Filing by Federal Prosecutors

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  The families of some of the 17 people who died after a duck boat sank in Missouri say federal prosecutors might delay their efforts to get answers about the July 19 crash. 

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Tailgate Tradition Kicks Off in Webb City Video included

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When Todd Eriksen moved into the neighborhood, 16 years ago, he brought a love for the Steelers with him. "Steelers fan since I was a little kid. Support em' all the time, support the Chiefs all the time, except this week," said Eriksen. And that's because his neighbor, Tom Catterson is a Chiefs fan. So, each year, they get together to watch their teams square off, and each year, the party gets bigger. "Yeah, it did start out with a little, itty bitty... More>>

Sedgwick Co. Kansas Deputy Shot and Killed Responding to Call

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A Sedgwick County Kansas Sheriff's deputy was killed Sunday after responding to a suspicious character call.   

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Sen. Moran Takes Questions from Farmers during Listening Tour Video included

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  United States Senator Jerry Moran from Kansas  made   a stop at the Cherokee County farm bureau in Columbus on his state wide listening tour. 

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Downtown Joplin Alliance Holds First Ever Volunteer Orientation Video included

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    The downtown Joplin alliance hosting it's first ever "volunteer orientation".     That's because of the growing number of folks interested in helping downtown.     For some, volunteering, helps more than just the downtown area.     The Downtown Joplin Alliance has actually been around - since the late 80s, you may remember "Main Street Joplin" next to the old KOZJ offices at 4th and Main.

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Two Men Arrested For The Murder Of Missouri Man

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The Dade County Sheriff's Office have arrested two men for the apparent murder Devin Hunt, 31 Greenfield, MO. The two men are being held on charges of first degree murder and armed criminal action. Authorities found Hunt's body around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning after receiving a report of a body in Sons Creek on Dade County Road 112, west of Dade County Road 91. An examination of the body revealed that Hunt had died from an apparent gunshot wound. Investigators with the Missouri Sta... More>>

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  • Care for Carthage

    Care for Carthage

    Saturday, September 22 2018 10:26 PM EDT2018-09-23 02:26:53 GMT

    Forest Park Church brought all three of its campuses together Saturday in Carthage for one big service event. The church teamed up with Vision Carthage to put together the Care for Carthage project.

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    Forest Park Church brought all three of its campuses together Saturday in Carthage for one big service event. The church teamed up with Vision Carthage to put together the Care for Carthage project.

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  • Farmers' Market Hosts Kids Day

    Farmers' Market Hosts Kids Day

    Saturday, September 22 2018 1:49 PM EDT2018-09-22 17:49:07 GMT
    Another Saturday means another day at the Farmers' Market in Pittsburg, but this time it's all about the kids. The Farmers' Market hosted Kids Day. Each month the market set's up a booth with various activities. Today it was finger print magnets. Officials with the Farmers' Market say they hope making the event more kid friendly will bring out more families. "It's a good way to give back to the community," says Farmers' Market Manager Adam Vickery. "And it's also...More >>
    Another Saturday means another day at the Farmers' Market in Pittsburg, but this time it's all about the kids. The Farmers' Market hosted Kids Day. Each month the market set's up a booth with various activities. Today it was finger print magnets. Officials with the Farmers' Market say they hope making the event more kid friendly will bring out more families. "It's a good way to give back to the community," says Farmers' Market Manager Adam Vickery. "And it's also...More >>
  • Kansas court considers challenge to railroad regulation

    Kansas court considers challenge to railroad regulation

    Friday, September 21 2018 8:25 PM EDT2018-09-22 00:25:20 GMT

    Railroads can only block a crossing for 10 minutes.

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    Railroads can only block a crossing for 10 minutes.

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  • #15 Pitt State Tops UNK, Takes Over 1st Place in MIAA

    #15 Pitt State Tops UNK, Takes Over 1st Place in MIAA

    Saturday, September 22 2018 11:12 PM EDT2018-09-23 03:12:58 GMT

    With Northwest Missouri's loss to UCO Saturday, the Gorillas are the only undefeated team in the league through four weeks of the season. 

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    With Northwest Missouri's loss to UCO Saturday, the Gorillas are the only undefeated team in the league through four weeks of the season. 

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  • Special Report: Inspiration On Wheels

    Special Report: Inspiration On Wheels

    Monday, May 7 2018 3:20 PM EDT2018-05-07 19:20:08 GMT

    Part One: A Crawford County Kansas man has just passed a remarkable milestone -- 60 years since a life-altering experience. KOAM News told his story in a two-part report. It takes technology, ingenuity, and plenty of get-up-and-go for Jim Rhodes to get up -- and go. The process starts early -- often before dawn. Jim's daily ritual of preparing to leave his bedroom involves a motorized, remotely controlled device suspended from a rail that runs along the ceiling. It lifts Jim from ...

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    Part One: A Crawford County Kansas man has just passed a remarkable milestone -- 60 years since a life-altering experience. KOAM News told his story in a two-part report. It takes technology, ingenuity, and plenty of get-up-and-go for Jim Rhodes to get up -- and go. The process starts early -- often before dawn. Jim's daily ritual of preparing to leave his bedroom involves a motorized, remotely controlled device suspended from a rail that runs along the ceiling. It lifts Jim from ...

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  • Duo accused of having enough fentanyl for 1.5 million doses

    Duo accused of having enough fentanyl for 1.5 million doses

    Friday, September 21 2018 8:23 PM EDT2018-09-22 00:23:59 GMT

    Investigators intercepted a suspicious mailing.

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    Investigators intercepted a suspicious mailing.

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  • Florence the week after: Thousands brace for more flooding

    Florence the week after: Thousands brace for more flooding

    Sunday, September 23 2018 6:26 PM EDT2018-09-23 22:26:03 GMT
    (Matt Born /The Star-News via AP). A road is flooded from Hurricane Florence in the Avondale community in Hampstead, N.C., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.(Matt Born /The Star-News via AP). A road is flooded from Hurricane Florence in the Avondale community in Hampstead, N.C., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.
    Thousands of coastal residents in South Carolina told to be ready to evacuate as rivers rise more than a week after Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas.More >>
    Thousands of coastal residents in South Carolina told to be ready to evacuate as rivers rise more than a week after Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas.More >>
  • Police beef up security for UN gathering, Trump visit

    Police beef up security for UN gathering, Trump visit

    Sunday, September 23 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-09-23 22:25:43 GMT
    (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle). FILE- In this Sept. 17, 2017 file photo, a security team near Trump Tower looks towards high floors of nearby buildings shortly before the arrival of President Donald Trump in New York. Authorities in New York City are facing a...(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle). FILE- In this Sept. 17, 2017 file photo, a security team near Trump Tower looks towards high floors of nearby buildings shortly before the arrival of President Donald Trump in New York. Authorities in New York City are facing a...
    Authorities in New York City are facing an epic security and logistical challenge with the coming arrival of President Donald Trump and other world leaders for the United Nations General Assembly.More >>
    Authorities in New York City are facing an epic security and logistical challenge with the coming arrival of President Donald Trump and other world leaders for the United Nations General Assembly.More >>
  • Cosby accusers say they hope he is sentenced to jail time

    Cosby accusers say they hope he is sentenced to jail time

    Sunday, September 23 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-09-23 22:25:37 GMT
    (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP). Chelan Lasha, a Bill Cosbys accuser, right, embraces with her Attorney, Gloria Allred minutes before a press conference at the Le Meridien Hotel in Philadelphia Pa., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. Cosby is du...(Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP). Chelan Lasha, a Bill Cosbys accuser, right, embraces with her Attorney, Gloria Allred minutes before a press conference at the Le Meridien Hotel in Philadelphia Pa., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. Cosby is du...
    Two of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault decades ago say they hope he will be sentenced to prison time this week.More >>
    Two of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault decades ago say they hope he will be sentenced to prison time this week.More >>
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